Mandrake and a Murder

(The Witches of Wormwood #1)

by Ruby Loren (Goodreads Author) 

4.69  ·   Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  55 reviews

Not many people move to Wormwood. 
The witches aren’t welcoming. 
The fortunetellers are frauds. 
And the recent murder is only going to make things worse. 

Hazel Salem just wanted a story for her magazine. Instead, she finds herself at the centre of an investigation that’s about to turn into a witch hunt. 

If someone doesn’t solve this murder, and fast, it will be out of the cauldron and into the fire for Wormwood’s witches.

If you love talking cats, smart mysteries, and snarky humour, you’ll love this series. Pick up these page-turning witch mysteries today! 

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*pics credit Ruby Loren

It has been 6 months since Hazel landed back in Wormwood and things really haven’t changed much.  She discovers she has two aunts for witches, no magic, a talking cat for a familiar, a mute cat and no money.  As she struggles to make ends meet Hazel works to get more advertisers for her magazines to bring in some extra funds. 

When a murderhappens in Wormwood, the whole community is shocked.  There has not been a murder in town in over100 years.  Seeing this as an opportunityto bring advertisers and readers to the magazine, Hazel decides to scope outthe murder and write a story about it.  Butas Hazel soon finds out, this murder has clues that seem to point the finger atall the paranormal in Wormwood. 

With new peoplepopping up everywhere Hazel is not sure who to trust.  Even her aunts seem a bit sketchy.  Strange things are happening and people arepitting against one another.  Will the normaland the paranormal tear each other apart before the murder is solved?  Will Hazel ever come into her powers or willshe just be Hazel?

Wow!  This series really started off with abang.  With a murder, mysterious strangers,dark magic, talking cats and danger this book is sure to keep youentertained.  The characters are lovelyand fun.  The book is steady paced and areal page turner.  A wonderful worldcreated with mysterious and entertaining characters.  Full of thrills and snarky fun.  You won’t find modern in the world ofWormwood, but you will find the weird and unexplained. 

A murdermystery that will keep you guessing till the end.   This series has the perfect backstory tokeep it going strong.  Especiallythese:  Who is Hazel’s father?  What are the aunts hiding from Hazel?  What is she destined for?  Will she be the most powerful witch inWormwood if she gains her powers? 

So if you are looking for a cozy and fun mystery, then this book is for you.  It is fun and full of witches, black cats, fortunetellers and wizards.  What can be more fun than that?  So start with the prequel Hemlock and Hedge and enjoy the magic.

*ARC provided by Ruby Loren

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About Ruby Loren

*Author pic and bio credit Amazon Author Page

Ruby Loren was born and raised in East Sussex, England. She writes cozy mysteries, paranormal mysteries, and stories about rockstars. Her books are designed to take you away to a little slice of a different world, often set in a rural corner of South East England. Full of ideas, she is always busy writing her next bestseller!

Ruby is the author of the Madigan Amos cozy mysteries, a funny, twisty series that stars zookeeper, Madigan Amos, and is set in Sussex. She has many other cozy mystery series under her belt, including the Blooming series, the Emily Haversson Mysteries, the Hayley Argent Mysteries, and the Holly Winter Mysteries, all set in England. 

The themes of her books range from cunning, twisty plots, to slightly silly, humorous mysteries, designed to make you laugh. Her books are perfect for readers, who love to get a know a character, and like to look on the lighter side of life. 

Ruby still lives near Brighton, in East Sussex, with her fox-fighting, bird-murdering cat, Jasper. When she’s not writing, she’s travelling the world with her musical duo, Rumours, playing electric guitar and singing lead vocals. 

To find out more about Ruby and pick up 3 free books, visit her website:


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